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Five reasons why you need to scrub your lips

Skin Care By Esther Muchene

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If you were like me thinking that lip scrubbing is a waste of time and unnecessary, boy are we wrong!

Because lips have a thinner layer compared to other parts of our body, they tend to lose moisture easily. Let’s not even get to what cold weather and nasty colds do. Before you know it, you are battling dry, dull and flaky lips. Ouch!

That said, you may be tempted to slather on a generous amount of lipbalm but does it help? The sad thing is, no matter how hydrating or moisturizing the balm may be, it just sits on top. Why? Because of the dead skin.

While the consequences of not scrubbing may not be that serious, it doesn’t hurt to do something. Here are a few reasons why exfoliating your lips may be one of the best beauty decisions you ever made.

  1. Neutralize discoloration

If you neglect your lips or live in an area with severe weather, chances are you will have pale discoloured lips with a darker border around the mouth. Definitely not a cute sight. But by exfoliating, you will neutralize the discoloration and get rid of dark spots and impurities. This helps get rid of dead skin eventually fading out the darker areas.

  1. Improves texture

Naturally, your lips should be soft but due to this reason or the other, that is not always the case. As we age, skin and dead cells build up over time and our body is not able to get rid of the accumulated cells as readily as it did when we were younger. This means you have to aid your body by occasionally scrubbing to get rid of those cells and encourage renewal of new ones.

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  1. Helps products sit well

If you find yourself struggling with clumpy lips after applying lipstick chances are, you have dry chapped lips that need immediate attention. To get flawless results, you need a smooth and even canvas to apply it on. To get it, exfoliate for a few minutes then follow up with a moisturizing balm or natural oil an hour or so before applying your lipstick or gloss. You will notice that your product applies smoothly and it will stay on longer.

  1. Beat bad breath

If you happen to have chapped lips this could be a side effect of a medication you are taking or it simply means you are not drinking enough water. Although this has nothing to do with bad breath, it is a major sign you need to hydrate. The more water you drink the better breath you will have which will in turn slough off excess flakes.

  1. Look healthier

A good scrub will encourage new cells hence the appearance of radiant glowing lips. Exfoliating helps bring back the radiance to your skin.

Tips to exfoliate right:

  • Be gentle when scrubbing and do not use excessive pressure.
  • Your lips are very delicate therefore do not over scrub or they will start bleeding.
  • Always moisturize after exfoliating. This will prevent any dryness that may arise after the thorough routine.
  • Exfoliate once or twice a week using a gentle scrub.


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